Cardiff might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of whirlwind romance. But, with its winding streets, charming locals and rugged nature trails, the Welsh capital’s unique character offers all you need (and then some) for an unforgettable couples trip. From luxury movie experiences to boat rides through one of Cardiff’s most beloved parks, expect the unexpected during a date night in Cardiff!
Not sure where to begin? These are just some of the best Cardiff date ideas you could get up to during a couples weekend in Cardiff, each just a short distance from Clayton Hotel Cardiff.
Check out a movie at Everyman Cinema
20-minute walk from the hotel
We know that a trip to the cinema may not seem like a completely out of the box Cardiff date idea. However, the addition of comfy sofas, waiter service to your seat and a luxury lounge for a pre or post-movie drink or meal, makes a trip to Everyman Cinema one that will blow any previous movie dates out of the water.
Located in the heart of Cardiff Bay and just a brief walk from the Clayton Hotel Cardiff, this boutique cinema has five screens, each showing a range of the latest films and old school classics. Film listings and events are revealed every Monday so keep your eyes peeled if you would like to catch a movie here!
Take a cycle through Bute Park
15-minute walk from the hotel
Sitting just a short walk from the city centre is the ‘green heart of the city’, Bute Park. Spread over 56 hectares (the equivalent of around 75 football pitches), it’s one of the largest urban parks in Wales and boasts a number of attractions, most of which are best experienced on two wheels!
Sitting in the Pontcanna fields of the park is Pedal Power where you can hire a range of bikes and explore Bute Park at your own pace. If you would prefer to venture further, try out the Taff trail which takes you through rich wildlife and historic sites or cycle around Cardiff Bay and take in the coastal view.
Hire a rowing boat in Roath Park
15-minute drive from the hotel
When Roath Park opened in the 1890s it was the first public park of its kind in Cardiff, to this day its classic Victorian charm remains! With its charming cafes, beautiful rose garden and the Roath Park lake, a simple stroll around the grounds of the park would suffice for a daytime Cardiff date idea. However, if you would prefer to take things up a notch, you can hire a rowing boat!
Boat hire is available from the boat stage at Roath Park Lake. Enjoy a leisurely row around the lake and take in its surroundings just as the Victorians once did!
Enjoy a bottomless brunch
In The Hotel
If you and your partner want to put aside an afternoon for good food and endless cocktails, a bottomless brunch in Cardiff might just be the thing for you! The best part? Cardiff has an impressive amount of choices to suit just about anyone’s taste and many are just around the corner from Clayton Hotel Cardiff!
For a bottomless bubble brunch, check out our bubbles and brunch offer. Enjoy a delicious 2-course brunch, served in our contemporary View restaurant with panoramic views of the city, with free-flowing Prosecco per 90-minute sitting. Offer available everyday between 12.00pm and 3.00pm.
Take to the sky with a helicopter tour
Some of the most popular rom coms out there suggest that a grand romantic gesture is always a good idea. And while we can’t confirm or deny these claims, if you’re hoping to make some unforgettable memories during your couple’s day out, a helicopter tour seems like a pretty spectacular Cardiff date idea.
There are a number of different helicopter tours to choose from, many include a scenic tour around the Cardiff and Wales coastline including a flyover Barry Island and the historic buildings of the capital city, while others also fly past the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle.
Experience cocktail magic at The Alchemist
5-minute walk from the hotel
The Alchemist is one of the newest cocktail bars to take to the streets of Cardiff and it certainly made its mark. The bar’s theatrical decor and specialised cocktail menu make it a must-visit for any cocktail connoisseur out there (whether self-proclaimed or official!). The bar also serves classic dishes and nibbles if you’re feeling peckish.
If you’d like to make your time at The Alchemist even more memorable, they offer cocktail making masterclasses so you can learn to make some classic cocktails and see if you have what it takes to become a cocktail master.
Where to Stay in Cardiff
Looking for the perfect place to lay your head after a long day of exploring Cardiff? Or maybe the idea of a hotel break with views of the city sounds like the perfect date night in Cardiff? Check out the special offers available at Clayton Hotel Cardiff – the perfect hotel for a romantic night away in the city.